OPERATIVE in a Sentence

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 Meanings and Examples of OPERATIVE
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operative
 a.  having power of acting; exerting force, physical or moral; active in the production of effects
Example Sentence: (210 in 15 pages)
1  External causes become operative through internal causes.
2  The commercial telephone service was no longer operative.
3  Two major tendencies are operative in the American political system.
4  The spy is believed to be the first operative from the country to blow his cover in five years.
5  Consumption of alcohol impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery.
6  The ability to initiate and operate independently.
7  Drug traffickers operate across national boundaries.
8  The unit is comparatively easy to install and cheap to operate.
9  The shutdown had no effect on Calvert Cliffs Unit One, which continues to operate at full capacity.
10  The video provides instruction on how to operate the computer.
11  The worker oils the machine to operate it more efficiently.
12  Prices are higher than they would be if market forces were allowed to operate freely.
13  This machine is too difficult to operate.
14  These thieves operate with terrifying stealth - they can easily steal from the pockets of unsuspecting travellers.
15  You examine a patient and then you decide whether or not to operate.
Classic Sentence: (133 in 9 pages)
1  Adams had been a cotton operative in Fall River, and the continued depression in the industry had worn him and his family out, and he had emigrated to South Carolina.
The Jungle By Upton Sinclair
Get Context   In Chapter 30
2  I thought that adoring him, watching him operate, would be enough.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER XVI
3  Remember, also, that the surgeon must operate from above, some eight or ten feet intervening between him and his subject, and that subject almost hidden in a discoloured, rolling, and oftentimes tumultuous and bursting sea.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 70. The Sphynx.
4  But leaving this hint to operate as it may with the phrenologists, I would merely assume the spinal theory for a moment, in reference to the Sperm Whale's hump.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 80. The Nut.
5  After surveying the ground, Snowball declared that this was just the place for a windmill, which could be made to operate a dynamo and supply the farm with electrical power.
Animal Farm By George Orwell
Get Context   In Chapter V
6  Electricity, he said, could operate threshing machines, ploughs, harrows, rollers, and reapers and binders, besides supplying every stall with its own electric light, hot and cold water, and an electric heater.
Animal Farm By George Orwell
Get Context   In Chapter V
7  It reminded him that unforeseen factors operate in the evolution of immortality.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy
Get Context   In BOOK 6: 1 The Inevitable Movement Onward
8  I want to operate, but not as you think.
Dracula By Bram Stoker
Get Context   In CHAPTER XIII
9  Oh, but I must not forget, my dear friend John, that you loved her; and I have not forgotten it, for it is I that shall operate, and you must only help.
Dracula By Bram Stoker
Get Context   In CHAPTER XIII
10  You had better go your round, and Dr. Van Helsing will operate.
Dracula By Bram Stoker
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXI
11  It was indeed but a passing trance, that only made me feel with renewed acuteness so soon as, the unnatural stimulus ceasing to operate, I had returned to my old habits.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 4
12  It is also to be said that their position enables them to operate changes with less effort and greater efficacy.
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius By Niccolo Machiavelli
Get Context   In BOOK 1: CHAPTER V.
13  And once, alter such an operation, Scarlett found her in the linen closet vomiting quietly into a towel.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER VIII
14  But with the operation of what came to be known as the governor's "slander mill," the North saw only a rebellious state that needed a heavy hand, and a heavy hand was laid upon it.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER LII
15  Kennicott had taken a patient to Rochester for an operation.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER IX